Covid-19 is certainly something remarkable to bear witness to!

I woke up today thinking this thought: A healthy body is a happy one. A happy body is a healthy one.

There are millions of people right now locked in a struggle of despair, worry, grief, sickness, pain, and trauma. Those who haven’t seen Covid-19 up close and personal yet are still locked in the fear struggle- panic buying groceries and basic necessities, frantic with fear and worry and thinking so feverishly about it that they are forgetting to notice that they are OK, right now. That they have some time to take a break and breathe in.

There has never been a time like this in our generation’s collective memory so we’re borrowing what little we remember from hearing about the devastation of the Spanish Flu of 1918-1920 and allowing our imaginations to fill in the blanks, the “rest of the story”, before it’s even happened where we are.

And this is making us sicker.

Worrying about what is and what might happen and what hasn’t happened yet will only encourage our kids to grow up in fear and isolation. Give them- and yourselves- the tools to move through this with relative health and ease so they can grow up into thriving and independent adults, unafraid to fully participate in life.

So, for parents of picky kids, let’s really celebrate our kids and the foods they will eat. Give them plenty of the health-supporting foods they do love and encourage play with the health-supporting foods they don’t. Make games, create new recipes together, embrace the laughter, and laugh with them yourself. Keep food-fights off the menu. Cherish the memories you are making together and help them feel safe, calm, and secure. Your immune system, and theirs, will thank you.

Eat well, sleep well, and be well, my friends.